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Avon using fewer plastic bags

Vail Daily staff report
Avon, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – Shoppers used cloth bags in place of 14,755 plastic bags in May in Avon. Avon’s total in the resort town grocery bag challenge is now 36,200.

“Getting Wal-Mart on board and counting their bags this past month has really helped,” said Danita Chirichillo, special events supervisor for the town of Avon. “In addition, a lot of our other local businesses have done a great job at increasing their numbers each month.”

The town expects monthly totals to continue to climb as more and more residents become aware of the challenge and stop using plastic bags.

With three months left in the Colorado Association of Ski Towns Reusable Bag Challenge is a competition between 31 mountain towns in the western United States.

Challenge organizer David Allen and Alpine Bank said PCL Construction Services, Inc., of Edwards, is now sponsoring the challenge, along with Alpine Bank. Together, Alpine Bank and PCL will donate $10,000 toward a solar panel installation to the winning town.

PCL also has over 3,000 reusable bags that they will distribute in the Vail Valley.

All the towns participating have eliminated 792,000 disposable shopping bags.

For updates on promotions, such as giveaways of free canvas bags, and to see a list of participating Avon merchants, please visit http://www.avon.org/byob